We’ve been fortunate to dine in a number of restaurants in 2016, everything from fine dining to burgers. Here are the ten that stood out for us.
Our number one restaurant of 2016 is Cadiz – the seafood based sister of Cafe Andaluz. We picked Cadiz for a few reasons. They’ve created an intimate atmosphere in a city centre location right on George Street. The seafood is excellent – we enjoyed prawns, langoustines and scallops – unfussy dishes that allowed the ingredients to shine.
Read our full review of Cadiz
2. Samphire at Orocco Pier
The service, view and quality of food all combined to make our meal at Samphire a special experience. We’d recommend it as somewhere to enjoy a special occasion in 2017.
Read our full review of Samphire at Orocco Pier
3. Twenty Princes Street
Probably one of the best service experiences we’ve had in 2016. Craig looked after us exceptionally well – add to this the excellent wine and seafood and a view of Edinburgh Castle and it was one of our most memorable meals of 2016. What’s more, it’s very affordable – book in and treat yourself in 2017.
Read our full review of Twenty Princes Street
4. The Huxley
Great food isn’t the reserve of our fine dining restaurants in Edinburgh. You need a ‘go to’ reliable spot to fill up after a day’s shopping, or as a pit stop on a night out. The Huxley has become that place for us. Great service and a menu that has a range of options for most occasions. We love the wet fries!
Read our full review of The Huxley
We’ve never discriminated against chains, good food is good food wherever it comes from. Having tried lots of burgers around Edinburgh, we are split. Alex favours Bread Meats Bread, and I’m a fan of Byron. Seeing as I am making this list, Byron wins! Not only are the burgers excellent, but the onion rings are to die for.
Read our full review of Byron
6. The Stockbridge Restaurant
I’ve been twice now and both times I have enjoyed the combination of fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s not the most cutting edge, but sometimes you just want good ingredients cooked well and a bit of peace and quiet to enjoy it – that’s what you get at The Stockbridge Restaurant.
Read our full review of The Stockbridge Restaurant
Good service and authentic American cuisine ensured Frontier’s spot in our top ten. The first time we visited was good, the second time was excellent. We recommend the Nachos and the Frontier Meat Platter.
Read our full review of Frontier
8. The Bridge Inn
The second of our out of town choices is The Bridge Inn in Ratho. Sat alongside the canal, it’s a great location for a gastropub. The Bridge Inn made our top ten for its excellent food, service, and cocktails – Vanilla Daiquiri, anyone?
Read our full review of The Bridge Inn
There are lots of good steak restaurants in Edinburgh, but Kyloe feels that little bit more special. With a central location that has a direct view over Princes Street and up to Edinburgh Castle, it feels like a treat. We have visited for their Christmas Menu and their Sunday dinner offering, both times we were really impressed with the quality of food as well as the friendly professional service. We recommend it as somewhere to take your guests visiting Edinburgh.
10. Badger & Co
Our final entry is another newcomer. Themed on The Wind In The Willows, I had my doubts about Badger & Co. However I was very pleasantly surprised, as per the theme, the menu is very British in its flavour. We recommend the Game Pie!
Read our full review of Badger & Co
Special mention also goes to Wedgwood and Wahaca, they didn’t quite make the top ten but they both impressed us – so if you’ve been to everywhere in our top ten, give them a try.
That’s our top ten, it wasn’t easy deciding but we’re happy with the final list. Where was your top restaurant of 2016?
If you enjoyed this post, read our Best of 2016 post.